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CH. 12.

SECT. VI.

Lu. 20; 1:

Mat. 14; 5.

in heaven, may also forgive you your trespasses. Mat. 18; 35: 26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father,

who is in heaven, forgive your trespasses. Mat. 21; 23: 27

Again, they arrived at Jerusalem, and as he 28 was walking in the temple, the chief priests, the

scribes, and the elders, came and said to him, By

what authority dost thou these things? and who 29 empowered thee to do them? Jesus answering,

said unto them, I also have a question to ask; an

swer me, and I will tell you by what authority I 30 do these things. Was the title which John had to

baptize, from heaven, or from men ? answer me. 31 Then they argued thus among themselves : 'If we 32 say, From heaven; he will reply, Why then did

ye not believe him? But if we say, From men;

we are in danger from the people, who are all 33 convinced that John was a Prophet.' They there.

fore answering, said to Jesus, We cannot tell. Jesus replied, Neither tell I you by what authority

I do these things. Mat. 21; 33. XII.

Then addressing them in parables, he said, A man planted a vineyard, and hedged it about, and

dug a place for the wine vat, and built a tower, 2 and having farmed it out, went abroad. The sea

son being come, he sent a servant to the husband

men, to receive his portion of the fruits of the 3 vineyard. But they seized him, beat him, and 4 sent him away empty. Again, he sent to them

another servant, whom they wounded in the head 5 with stones, and sent back with disgrace. Again,

he sent another, whom they killed; and of many

Lu. 20; 9.

SECT. VII.

CH. 12. more that he sent, some they beat, and some they 6 killed. At last, having an only son, whom he

loved, he sent him also to them ; for he said, 7 • They will reverence my son. But those huś.

bandmen said among themselves, • This is the

· heir, come, let us kill him ; and the inheritance .8 will be our own. Then they laid hold on him,

and having thrust him out of the vineyard, killed 9 him. What, therefore, will the proprietor of the

vineyard do? He will come and destroy the hus10 bandmen, and give the vineyard to others. Have ye not read this passage of Scripture: “A stone Acts, 4; 11.

1 Pet. 2; 6 “ which the builders rejected, is made the head 11 “ of the corner. This the Lord 24 hath perform12 ed, and we behold it with admiration.” And

they would fain have seized him, but were afraid of the multitude ; for they knew that he spoke the parable against them.

Ps. 118; 22

SECTION VII.

THE PROPHECY ON MOUNT OLIVET.

13 THEN the chief priests, the scribes and the elders Mat. 22; 15.

Lu. 20; 20 leaving Jesus, went away, and sent to him certain

Pharisees and Herodians 25, to catch him in his 14 words. These coming up, said to him, Rabbi, we

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CH. 12.

SECT. VII.

Acis23; 8.
Deut. 25; 5

know that thou art upright, and standest in awe of none; for thou respectest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God faithfully. Is

it lawful to give tribute to Cesar, or not? Shall 15 we give ? or shall we not give ? He perceiving

their artifice, answered, Why would ye entangle

me ? Bring me a denarius, that I may see it. 16 When they had brought it, he asked them, Whose

is this image and inscription? They answered, 17 Cesar's. Jesus replied, Render to Cesar that

which is Cesar's, and to God that which is

God's. And they wondered at him. Mat. 22; 23. 18 Then came Sadducees to him, who say that there 10. 20;?; 19 is no future life, and proposed this question : Rab

bi, Moses hath enacted, that if a man's brother die, survived by a wife without children, he shall

marry the widow, and raise issue to his brother. 20 Now there were seven brothers. The first took a 21 wise, and dying, left no issue. The second mar

ried her, "and died; neither left he any issue; so 22 did also the third. Thus all the seven married' 23 her, and left no issue. Last af all, the woman also

died. At the resurrection, therefore, when they

are risen, to which of the seven will she belong; 24 for she hath been wife to them all? Jesus answer

ing, said unto them, Is not this the source of your

error, your not knowing the Scriptures, nor the 25 power of God? For there will be neither marrying,

nor giving in marriage, among them who rise from

the dead. They will then resemble the heavenly 26 messengers. But as to the dead, that they are

SECT. VII.

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CH. 12. raised, have ye not read in the book of Moses, how Ex. 3; 6. God spoke to him in the bush, saying, “I am the

“ God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the 27 “ God of Jacob.” God is not a God of the dead,

but of the living. Therefore ye greatly err. 28 A scribe who had heard them dispute, perceiving Mat, 22; 35.

the

justness of his reply, came to him, and proposed Deut. 6; 4.

this question: Which is the chief commandment 29 of all ? Jesus answered, The chief of all the commandments is, “ Hearken, Israel, the Lord " is

our God: the Lord 27 is one;" and, “Thou " shalt love the Lord 28 thy God with all thy heart, “and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind,

“ and with all thy strength.” This is the first 31 commandment. The second resembleth it: "Thou Lev. 19; 18.

“shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” There is 32 no commandment greater than these. The scribe

replied, Truly, Rabbi, thou hast answered well. 33 There is one God, and only one ; and to love him

with all the heart, and with all the spirit, and with
all the soul, and with all the strength; and to love

one's neighbour as one's self, is more than all 34 burnt-offerings and sacrifices. Jesus observing how

pertinently he had answered, said to him, Thou
art not far from the kingdom of God. After that,

nobody ventured to put questions to him. 35 As Jesus was teaching in the temple, he asked Mat. 22; 41

them, Why do the scribes assert that the Messiah Ps. 110; 1. 36 must be a son of David ? Yet David himself, speak

Lu. 20; 41

26 Jehovah.

27 Jehovah.

28 Jehovah.

сн. 13.

SECT. VII.

Lu. 11; 43: & 20; 46.

ing by the Holy Spirit, saith, “The Lord ” said

“ to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I make 37 “thy foes thy footstool.” David himself, there

fore, calleth him his Lord, how then can he be his son ? And the common people heard him with

delight. Mat. 23; 6: 38 Further, in teaching, he said to them, Beware

39 of the scribes, who affect to walk in robes, who

love salutations in public places, and the principal

seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost places 40 at entertainments, who devour the families of

widows, and use long prayers for a disguise.

These shall undergo the severest punishment. Lu.21; 1: And Jesus sitting over against the treasury, ob

served the people throwing money into the treasury: 42 and many rich persons put in much. Then came a

poor widow, who threw in two mites, which make a 43 farthing 30. Jesus having called his disciples, said to them, Verily I say unto you, that this poor

wi. dow hath given more than any of those who have 44 thrown into the treasury: for they all have contri

buted out of their superfluous store ; whereas she hath given all the little that she had, her whole living

41

Lu. 19; 44. & 21; 5.

Mat 24; 1. XIII. AS he was going out of the temple, one of his

disciples said to him, Rabbi, look what prodigious 2 stones and stately buildings are here! Jesus answer

ing, said to him, Thou seest these great buildings.

29 Jehovah.

30 Less than an English farthing.

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